Is 2022 the year you aim to revamp your style, shop more consciously or even try renting? Then perhaps it’s the year to give a capsule wardrobe a go…
You’ve likely come across the concept of a capsule wardrobe before – the curation of 10 or so garments, similar in style and tone, that can be mixed and matched to create an outfit for every occasion. Sounds like a great idea but is it practical when you’re breastfeeding? After all, you don’t want to be spending money on clothes that you only wear once or feel you can only wear for a short period of time…
Fear not! I’ve channelled my inner Tan France and I’ve got some top tips for creating a versatile, fashion-focussed and breastfeeding friendly capsule wardrobe. Not only will you be able to create feel-good outfits but, by adding in only a few key pieces, you’ll be able to use your existing wardrobe to create a huge range of outfits you’ll love to wear during, and long after you’ve finished, breastfeeding.
Key elements of a capsule wardrobe you may already have
- A piece of outerwear. Here we are talking about something like a heavy coat or belted trench coat. Smart looking but comfortable to wear.
- A jacket. A leather jacket or a blazer would be perfect.
- Knitwear. Consider both cardigans and jumpers and see what suits your style best. Cardigans obviously have easy breast access bonus points!
- Jeans. Consider the colour and the fit of the denim so that you have something you really enjoy wearing.
- Suit. This is optional but it’s always useful to have not only for work but for dressing up for those formal occasions
Now to add some additional pieces
The key here is to add in some staple pieces that are breastfeeding friendly and versatile enough to work with a variety of outfits and for a variety of occasions. By carefully selecting the pieces you add to your wardrobe you can make sure every outfit breastfeeding friendly, will fit in with your capsule wardrobe as a whole and that whatever you add is something you will want to continue to wear long after you’ve finished breastfeeding.
- A dress. A great fitting dress with breastfeeding access. Nothing says versatile little a ‘little black dress’ or you could go for something with a little more impact and personality and opt for a dress in a bold print.
- Cami – a simple, classic cami that will go with everything but also allow you to feed or express whenever or wherever you want. You could keep this casual and opt for something along the lines of a vest top or go a little dressier with cami – the benefit of going a little dressier is that you can easily dress it down whereas it’s harder to dress up a vest top.
- T-shirt – something a little more casual that can be mixed and matched. You could consider both plain and slogan tee’s here depending on your style.
- Shirt / smart top – again a great fitting smart top or shirt with breastfeeding access is such a versatile tool to smarten up any outfit or play with layers, for example under knitwear.
Don’t forget to add the finishing touches
Jewellery and other accessories such as scarfs, bags, shoes, belts etc are powerful tools in allowing you to dress an outfit up or down depending on the occasion, as well as adding a little more of your own personality and style to an outfit.
Of course, these garments are just the suggested core basics of a capsule wardrobe and can be added to however you please. Don’t forget that if you have elements missing, you don’t necessarily need to commit to buying them straight away, why not rent a few to try them out before parting with your hard-earned money?
If you’re aiming to really embrace the capsule wardrobe with a small number of truly versatile pieces, here are some key things to keep in mind…
- Try to stick to a colour pallet that you enjoy wearing and you feel suits you as this will mean that any combination of pieces within the wardrobe will easily work together and be an outfit you are excited to wear.
- Consider which shapes and styles you like to wear and try to stay generally consistent through the pieces as this will help you mix and match without feeling like things ‘don’t go’ (Note: on this point you may find some may suggest that you consider which shapes suit your body type. This is a great point if you find confidence in the items suggested but really, as long as you enjoy wearing something, who cares?!)
- Fit is Queen! If you don’t feel comfortable and excited to wear it spoiler: you’re not going to! Be strict and make sure that each item that makes it into your wardrobe is a great fit, exciting wear and a piece you can’t wait to put on!
Have you tried creating a capsule wardrobe? Inspired to give it a go? I’d love to hear how you find it, get in touch!